Posts Tagged ‘hamid karzai’

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Daily International News 06.07.10

June 7, 2010

Daily International News
June 7, 2010

Northeast Asia
North Korea promotes Kim relative in reshuffle
[AP]
Changes in China Could Raise Prices Worldwide
[NYT]
NKorean leader’s son gives interview
[AP]
Japan’s new PM prepares leadership line-up
[BBC]
Barack Obama greets new Japanese leader Naoto Kan
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Karzai defends removal of Afghan security chiefs
[AP]
Indian court convicts 7 in Bhopal gas tragedy
[AP]
Senior official leaves Kyrgyzstan government
[BBC]

Middle East [Flotilla Related]
Biden says US seeking new ways to address Gaza crisis
[BBC]
Iran Red Crescent to send three aid ships to Gaza
[AFP]
Israel Ambassador Rejects Flotilla Clash Inquiry
[NYT]
Turkey’s foreign policy moves raise concern in West and at home
[WaPo]

Middle East [non-flotilla related]
Yemen arrests 50 foreigners, clashes hit south
[Reuters]
IAEA chief: Iran ‘s nuclear program special case
[AP]
Car bombs, gunmen kill 10 in Iraq attacks
[AP]

Africa
EU to keep Madagascar aid block
[BBC]
Soccer Fans Stampede Outside South African Stadium
[WSJ]
DR Congo suspends police chief over Chebeya death
[BBC]

EU
Lesbian couple weds in Portugal’s 1st gay marriage
[AP]
Sarkozy, Merkel meet amid rifts on economy
[AFP]

Americas/Domestic
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins second trip to Latinamerica
[MercoPress]
New oil plume evidence uncovered
[CNN]
BP says it sees some progress in capping gulf well, collecting oil
[WaPo]
Stars band together to protest Arizona law
[WaPo]
New Jersey men arrested are latest from U.S. tied to terrorist groups
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 05.11.10

May 11, 2010

Daily International News
May 11, 2010

Northeast Asia
Hatoyama to revisit Okinawa around May 23 over U.S. base issue
[Kyodo]
North Korea World Cup viewing in doubt
[BBC]
Two N. Korean defectors to run in local elections
[Yonhap]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi appeals sentence again
[Reuters]
Son of Corazon Aquino leading in Philippine presidential election
[LAT]
Protests to stay til Thai leaders report to police
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Missile barrage kills 14 in Pakistan tribal area
[AP]
Pakistan invites India for meeting on peace talks
[BBC]

Middle East (some N. Africa)
Iran sentences Newsweek journalist in absentia
[AP]
Russian, Syrian presidents hold talks in Damascus
[AP]
Disregarding peace talks, Israel announces more settlement construction
[McClatchy]
Israel sees no discord with U.S. on nuclear issue
[Reuters]
Ash affects flights in Morocco, Turkey, Spain
[AP]

Africa
EU: Somali pirates free cargo vessel after ransom
[AP]
Libya, EU see first partnership pact this year
[Reuters]

Europe
UK’s Nick Clegg faces agonizing coalition choice
[AP]
Momentum grows towards a Lib-Con deal – if Clegg can convince his party
[Times UK]
French parliament lays groundwork for veil ban
[AP]
Pope blames church’s own sins for sex scandal
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Obama Seeks Karzai Assurances on Corruption Push, Taliban Plan
[Bloomberg]
Senate hearings prompting spill blame game
[AP]
From 05.10 Protesters blast Haiti president’s quake response [AP]
Immigration advocates woo McCain
[Politico]
From 05.10 Obama Said to Be Open to New Miranda Look [NYT]

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Daily International News 04.05.10

April 5, 2010

Daily International News
April 5, 2010

East Asia
SKorean navy pursuing hijacked tanker off Somalia
[AP]
Japanese opposition politician plans new party
[FT]
Scores rescued from flooded Chinese mine
[BBC]
N. Korea threatens to stop preserving remains of U.S. soldiers
[Yonhap]

Southeast Asia
Protesters vow to stay in Bangkok commercial core
[AP]
Australia rushes to contain Barrier Reef oil spill
[AP]

AfPak
US consulate attacked in NW Pakistan
[AP]
U.S. Admits Role in Killing of Afghan Women
[NYT]
From 04.04 Karzai Slams the West Again [WSJ]

Middle East
Private imports allowed into Gaza
[BBC]
Iran says still ready to negotiate nuclear swap
[Reuters]
From 04.04 Iran to host nuclear disarmament conference [AP]

Europe
British parties square off on eve of election call
[AP]
Russia: Bomber kills 2, Islamic insurgency spreads
[AP]
Catholic Cardinal rejects sex abuse ‘gossip’
[BBC] and from 04.04 Pope’s immunity could be challenged in Britain [AP]

Domestic
Geithner Counts on Delay to Let China Strengthen Yuan
[Bloomberg]
From 04.03 China Trade Tensions With U.S. Have Been ‘Amplified,’ Kirk Says [Bloomberg]
Kagan, Judges Said to Be Considered for Supreme Court Vacancy
[Business Week]
Discovery launches on one of last shuttle missions
[Reuters]

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Daily International News 03.22.10

March 22, 2010

And see my twitter feed @lmcgaughy for live quotes from AIPAC Policy Conference events.

Daily International News
March 22, 2010

East Asia
NKorea to try American for illegal entry
[AP]
Google set to announce China site closure
[FT]
Rio Tinto Employees Say They Took Bribes in China
[NYT]

Israel/Palestine
Tensions rise as Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians
[LAT]
US urges restraint from Israel, Palestinians
[AP]
Israeli prime minister in Washington for talks
[AP]
Clinton: Israeli building hurts peace
[AP]

(Other) Middle East
EU slams Iran’s jamming of satellite signals as ‘unacceptable’
[DW]
Iran detains grandson of powerful cleric
[AP]
Egypt frees Israeli journalist arrested at border
[AP]
Poll body rejects Iraq recount call

Central Asia
Karzai meets envoys of Taliban-linked group
[AP]

Africa
Tanzania, Zambia bid for one-off ivory sales fail [AP]
Darfur donor conference falls short of expectations
[AFP]

Europe
UK Supreme Court considers prenuptial agreements
[AP]
German diocese say 6 accused over abuse
[AP]
French President Sarkozy ‘to reshuffle’ after poll
[BBC]

Americas
Mexican Traffickers Sow Chaos With Blockades
[NYT]

Domestic
House approves huge changes to student loan program
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 03.08.10

March 8, 2010

Daily International News
March 8, 2010

North Korea
NKorea says ready to ‘blow up’ SKorea, US
[AP]
N. Korea puts forces on combat alert as U.S., S. Korea begin drill
[Yonhap]

Japan
U.S. Reaches Out to Tokyo’s Real Power
[NYT]
Japan defends dolphin hunt in Oscar-winning ‘Cove’
[AP]

China
China cautions against expecting fast yuan rise
[Reuters]
FM rejects accusations of China’s “tough stance”, calls for objective views on China
[Xinhua]
Xinjiang official stresses fighting separatism, says 198 sentenced for deadly riot
[Xinhua]
Heavy security is the new normal in China’s Tibet
[AP]

SE Asia
Burma military passes key election laws
[BBC]

Iraq
In Iraq, a day of votes, violence
[WaPo]
Iraqi PM’s coalition seen leading vote
[AP]
Sunnis Go to Polls, This Time, to Retain a Voice
[NYT]

(Other) Middle East
Iran launches short-range cruise missile production line
[Tehran Times]
Strong earthquake slams eastern Turkey, kills 51
[AP]
Israel OKs new settlement work despite slowdown
[AP]
Biden in Israel after pledging U.S. support on Iran
[Reuters]
Palestinians: indirect talks last chance for peace
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Afghan leader to host peace conference in spring
[AP]
Gates meeting with military, political leaders
[AP]
Qaeda Operative Arrested in Pakistan
[NYT]

Europe
Iceland Voters Reject Repayment Plan
[NYT]
Civil servants in 48-hour redundancy pay strike
[BBC]
EU’s foreign policy chief seeks to spell out agenda
[Reuters]

Africa
Nigeria: Jos – Another Massacre
[AllAfrica]
Guinea sets June 27 presidential election date
[AP]
Dictator’s son declared winner in Togo election
[CNN]

Americas
US troops withdrawing en masse from Haiti
[AP]
Chileans didn’t get warning of arriving tsunami
[Miami Herald]
Ex-Honduran leader to pen book about 2009 coup
[AP]

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Daily International News 12.17.09

December 17, 2009

Daily International News
December 17, 2009

DPRK
France Decides to Establish Its Office in DPRK [KCNA]

“As already reported, Jack Lang, special envoy of the French president, had a consultation with the DPRK side on the issue of developing the bilateral relations and a series of matters of mutual concern during his visit to the DPRK from November 9, 2009 to 13. The French side informed the DPRK that it decided to establish the French Cooperation and Cultural Action Office in Pyongyang as a step of the first phase for normalizing the relations between the two countries according to the results of his visit to the DPRK. The DPRK consented to France’s opening of the office in Pyongyang, proceeding from the stand to boost the relations with France.”

Thais: US tip led to seizure of arms from NKorea [AP]
“Thai authorities were acting on a tip from the United States when they seized tons of illicit weapons from a plane from North Korea, a senior official said Thursday.”

N. Korean leader makes rare visit to trade zone, stresses export growth [Yonhap]
“North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has visited Rason, a northern port city that the country is developing into a trade hub, where he gave guidelines on increasing exports, state media said Thursday.”

NKorea threatens SKorea over naval drills [AP]
“North Korea threatened retaliation against South Korea over what it claimed were naval drills around their disputed sea border, accusing Seoul on Thursday of attempting to escalate tension.”

China
China Imposes New Internet Controls
[NYT]

“China’s government censors have taken fresh aim at the Internet, rolling out new measures that limit ordinary citizens’ ability to set up personal Web sites and to view hundreds of other Web sites offering films, video games [etc].”

Copenhagen
U.S. pledges billions; China says climate pact is doubtful
[WP]
“Clinton warned that China — which has resisted attempts for international verification of emission cuts and told officials here before Clinton spoke that a global pact seems unlikely — must agree to monitoring if a deal is to reached.”

Obama heads to Copenhagen as climate talks falter [Reuters]
“U.S. President Barack Obama heads to Copenhagen on Thursday to help secure a U.N. climate pact, staking his credibility on an as yet elusive deal that has ramifications for him at home and on the world stage.”

AfPak
Afghan ministers on ‘graft’ list
[Al Jazeera]
“The list, released on the final day of a three-day anti-corruption conference, includes five senior members within the government of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, said Hashem Ahelbarra, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Kabul.”

U.N. Officials Say American Offered Plan to Replace Karzai [NYT]
“As widespread fraud in the Afghanistan presidential election was becoming clear three months ago, the No. 2 United Nations official in the country, the American Peter W. Galbraith, proposed enlisting the White House in a plan to replace the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, according to two senior United Nations officials.”

Pakistan Strikes Down Amnesty for Politicians [NYT]
“The Supreme Court struck down a controversial amnesty on Wednesday that had dismissed corruption allegations against thousands of Pakistan’s politicians, including President Zardari, effectively restoring the cases against them.”

Pakistan Reported to Be Harassing U.S. Diplomats [NYT]
“Parts of the Pakistani military and intelligence services are mounting what American officials here describe as a campaign to harass American diplomats.”

Intel officials: US missiles kill 17 in Pakistan [AP]
“Two suspected U.S. missile strikes, one using multiple drones, killed 17 people in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border Thursday, local intelligence officials said.”

Middle East
Haaretz exclusive: Olmert’s plan for peace with the Palestinians
[Haaretz]
“Former prime minister Ehud Olmert proposed giving the Palestinians land from communities bordering the Gaza Strip and from the Judean Desert nature reserve in exchange for settlement blocs in the West Bank.”

Yemeni security forces exterminate al-Qaeda [Yemen Today]
“A group of 34 al-Qaeda members were killed and 17 others were arrested by special operations in Abyan province, Sana’a city, and Arhab, implemented by the Yemeni security forces said an official statement on Thursday.”

Europe
Nato fails to gain Russia aid in Afghanistan [BBC]
“On Wednesday Mr Rasmussen asked Moscow to provide helicopters to Afghanistan and also requested Russian help in training the Afghan air force. But he told the BBC he had received no positive response from the Kremlin.”

Russian FM: US-Russian arms deal not ready [AP]
“Sergey Lavrov said disagreements over such issues during the past few days had slowed efforts to reach a deal, and he agreed with the White House’s assessment that President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are not expected to sign a nuclear weapons treaty when they travel to Copenhagen this week.”

España tendrá más de 1.500 soldados en Afganistán en 2010 – “Spain will have more than 1500 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010” [El Pais]
“España aumentará en más del 50% su actual contingente permanente en Afganistán que en 2010 sobrepasará los 1.500 militares.” – “Spain will increase its permanent contingent in Afghanistan by more than 50% in 2010, surpassing 1500 soldiers…”

Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital with bandaged nose [Times of London]
“Doctors say that the normally ebullient Mr Berlusconi is still in pain and having difficulty eating. There are fears for the long-term impact of the attack on his morale.”

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Daily International News 12.09.09

December 9, 2009

Daily International News
December 9, 2009

Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s political science
[WP]
Op-ed by Sarah Palin – “The agenda-driven policies being pushed in Copenhagen won’t change the weather, but they would change our economy for the worse.”

Climate Conference Begins to Feel Pressure of the Clock [NYT]
“Two proposals popped loudly on Tuesday: a Danish text, seen by many observers to be mainly accommodating the interests of the United States and other industrialized powers; and one drafted by China and endorsed by a variety of developing countries. Both were criticized by the opposing camps.”

Japan
Japan to Give U.S. a Plan on Air Base
[NYT]
“Japan’s prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, said Wednesday that he wants to present concrete proposals [on Futenma] to President Obama next week… Mr. Hatoyama said he may seek a meeting with Mr. Obama during the climate change conference in Copenhagen to relay the proposals directly to him.”

DPRK
Lock-down as high-level talks start on N. Korea
[CNN]
“A U.S. State Department official said Bosworth would not carry any new proposals or new initiatives on his visit.”

US assures NKorea of ‘robust’ direct talks channel [AP]
“U.S. officials say a peace treaty is not on the agenda for Bosworth’s trip to the North. However, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that it “would not surprise us” if the North raised other issues.”

China
China moves to indict top dissident for subversion
[AP]
“Police have finally presented a case against prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, who has been jailed for a year without charge after helping produce a high-profile manifesto calling for sweeping democratic reforms in China.”

Burma
Myanmar junta calls detained Suu Kyi “dishonest”
[Reuters]
“Suu Kyi, who is held under house arrest, had tried to harm the government’s image and her behaviour had been “highly questionable,” said a commentary carried in three state-run newspapers, which serve as mouthpieces for the reclusive regime.”

India/AfPak
5 Americans detained in Pakistan; no reason given
[AP]
“A U.S. Embassy spokesman said officials there were aware of the reported arrests, but had no more information.”

Afghanistan will need U.S. help for 15 to 20 years, Karzai says [LAT]
“Gates did not take issue with Karzai’s timeline, but he said he hoped that the Afghan military could be ready sooner. Gates emphasized that a U.S. withdrawal would begin in 2011, as outlined by President Obama in his order last week to deploy an additional 30,000 troops. But Gates said the drawdown would be a process lasting several years as Afghan forces took responsibility.”

Two Top Aides Show Unity on Afghan Strategy [NYT]
“[McChrystal] He was joined by Karl W. Eikenberry, the United States ambassador to Afghanistan, who was much more skeptical during the plan’s formulation, and who conceded Tuesday that success could not be guaranteed.”

Violent protests shut down high-tech Indian city [WP]
“Violent protests by students for a separate state to be carved out of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh shut down the main city of Hyderabad on Wednesday.”

‘Amnesty helped Zardari make billions’ [Times of India]
“The documents provided by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) showed that Zardari had been accused of illegally amassing assets worth USD 1.5 billion and Rs 22 billion, mainly during the period when his slain wife Benazir Bhutto was the Premier in the 1990s.”

Middle East
Israel gives initial OK to Jerusalem referendum
[AP]
“Israel’s parliament has given preliminary approval to a piece of legislation that would require a national referendum on any peace deal that gives up control of east Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. If approved, the law could constrain the ability of any future Israeli government to turn over captured land as part of a peace deal.”

Iran says will show no mercy to opposition protesters [WP]
“From now on, we will show no mercy toward anyone who acts against national security. They will be confronted firmly,” said prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei.”

Europe
UK slaps tax on bankers’ bonuses ahead of election
[AP]
“The British government slapped a one-time tax of 50 percent on fat bank bonuses as it tried to win over voters ahead of a looming general election.”

Darling raises National Insurance in pre-Budget report [BBC]
“National Insurance will go up by a further 0.5p from 2011 and public sector workers face a 1% pay cap, Alistair Darling has announced.”

Ireland’s abortion law challenged in European court [BBC]
“The legal action has been brought by three Irish women who say the effective ban on abortion in Ireland violates the European Convention on Human Rights…The case is the first challenge to Ireland’s abortion laws in more than 15 years.”

Terror charges for man in Germany over US targets [WP]
“The 24-year-old, identified only as Kadir T. in line with German privacy laws, was charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and violating export laws, federal prosecutors said.”

Americas
Honduran Anti-Drug Chief Is Killed
[WSJ]
“The victim is retired Gen. Julian Aristides Gonzalez, the general director of the Office for Combatting Drug Trafficking.”

Peru army plans arms purchase, tests Chinese tanks [AP]
“The Lima newspaper La Republica reported that it plans to buy 80 to 120 tanks and has evaluated Chinese, German, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish models….Peru President Alan Garcia has pushed for a disarmament pact in South America as weapons purchases in Venezuela, Brazil and Chile and a U.S. military expansion in Colombia fuels a budding arms race.”

Domestic
Democrats reach deal on health bill
[WP]
“Senate Democratic healthcare negotiators said they agreed on Tuesday to replace a government-run insurance option with a scaled-back non-profit plan and would seek cost estimates on the deal.”

A Jobs Speech with Elbows [Time]
Op-ed on Obama jobs speech – “The President gave a terrific economic speech today, proposing some new jobs-creating initiatives.”

Coakley, Brown to Battle in Massachusetts U.S. Senate Election [Bloomberg]
“The winner between Coakley, 56, and Brown, 50, in a Jan. 19 special election will serve the rest of Kennedy’s term, ending in January 2013.”

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Daily International News 12.01.09

December 1, 2009

Happy December to everyone out there who happens upon this page! Remember, the holidays are just around the corner, so put your nose to the grindstone and you’ll be on vacation sooner than you think!

Daily International News
December 1, 2009

East Asia
Suspect in Philippine massacre charged with murder
[WP]
“The heir of a powerful clan was charged Tuesday in connection with the Philippines’ worst political massacre.”

South Korea knocks down rumor North leader dead [Reuters]
“South Korea’s Unification Ministry dismissed rumors Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had been attacked and killed, which prompted financial markets to slide briefly in what one analyst said was a reflection of fragile sentiment.”

N. Korea revalues currency for first time in 17 yrs: sources [Yonhap]
“North Korea has sharply raised the value of its currency, its first monetary reform in 17 years, in an apparent bid to tackle inflation and curb black market trading.”

China launches ad campaign to salvage global image [Reuters]
“The 30-second ads, played initially on CNN, show images of MP3 players printed with “Made in China with software from Silicon Valley.”

South Asia
India tightens security at nuclear facilities
[Reuters]
“The security move comes within weeks of intelligence warnings that militants looking for targets may have carried out reconnaissance of some of the nuclear facilities.”

AfPak Strategy – Varied Coverage

Obama Issues Order for More Troops in Afghanistan [NYT]
“Obama issued orders to send about 30,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan as he prepared to address the nation Tuesday night to explain what may be one of the most defining decisions of his presidency.”

34,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan [WP]
“The president also plans to ask NATO and other partners in an international coalition to contribute 5,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.”

Obama, Karzai hold videoconference, talk strategy [AP]
“The call was one of several Obama was making to world leaders, including Asif Ali Zardari [and] Danish PM Lars Loekke Rasmussen.”

Middle East
Israel warns EU over east Jerusalem dispute
[AP]
“Israel sternly warned the European Union on Tuesday against recognizing east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, saying such a move would damage Europe’s credibility as a Mideast mediator.”

>>Israeli settlers block government inspectors [Reuters]

Iran issues warning over UK yacht crew [BBC]
“An Iranian official has said “serious” measures will be taken against a UK yacht crew if it is proved they had “evil intentions”.”

Europe
EU Lisbon Treaty comes into force [BBC]
“Lisbon has come into force about eight years after the EU started negotiations on the institutional reforms.”

UN slams ‘discriminatory’ Swiss minaret ban [AP]
“U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said Sunday’s referendum to outlaw the construction of minarets in Switzerland was the product of “anti-foreigner scare-mongering.”

The new Iceland? Greece fights to rein in debt [Guardian]
“This is without doubt the worst economic crisis since the restoration of democracy [in 1974], said PM George Papandreou.”

Africa
Congo-Kinshasa:  Security Council Renews Arms Embargo And Sanctions
[AllAfrica]
“Council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution continuing the regime of sanctions, which consists of an arms embargo against all armed groups that are not part of either the Government’s integrated army (known as the FARDC) or police units, through 30 November next year.”

S. Africa to treat all HIV-positive babies [WP]
“South Africa will treat all HIV-positive babies and expand testing, the president announced Tuesday, a dramatic and eagerly awaited shift in a country that has more people living with HIV than any other.”

Americas
Several nations acknowledge Lobo’s victory in Honduras
[Miami Herald]
“And Colombia, Panama and Peru recognized his victory, as did Costa Rica.”

International – IAEA
Japan’s Amano takes helm of UN atomic watchdog
[AFP]
“Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano took the helm on Tuesday of the UN atomic watchdog, pledging a steady hand to steer the agency through the storm surrounding Iran’s nuclear drive.”

Iran says to protest over IAEA nuclear resolution [Reuters]
Iran said on Tuesday it intended to take unspecified legal action over an IAEA rebuke of its nuclear activities and would provide Iranians with enough gasoline in order to trump any further U.N. sanctions.”

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Daily International News 11.18.09

November 19, 2009

Daily International News
11.19.09

Koreas
U.S. Envoy to Visit North Korea
[WSJ]

Lee, Obama vow efforts to denuclearize N. Korea, ratify FTA
[Yonhap]

AfPak
Karzai Sworn In for Second Term as Afghan President
[NYT]
Debate Shifts to Afghan Exit Plan
[WSJ]

Middle East
U.S. warns Iran of consequences over standoff
[Reuters]

EU
Decision time looms for EU top jobs
[EU Observer]

U.S. makes debut attendance at Hague war crimes court
[Reuters]

Americas
CHILE – Continued Disqualifications
[Poder 360]

Domestic
Obama Aims to Allay Auto Lobby Concern on Korea Trade
[Bloomberg]

Showdown Set for Health Bill
[WSJ]
FOX rolls wrong video, heads may roll
[Swamp]

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Daily International News 11.09.09

November 9, 2009

Daily International News
November 9, 2009

DPRK

French special envoy visiting Pyongyang [Yonhap]
“A special envoy of French President Nicolas Sarkozy on North Korea arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, the North’s media said, in a visit reportedly aimed at exploring ways of improving relations with the communist state.”

U.S., N.K. may hold talks after Thanksgiving holiday: source [Yonhap]
“The bilateral meeting appears most likely to be held after the Thanksgiving holiday, which falls on Nov. 25-29,” said a senior Seoul government official, requesting to be unnamed. The U.S. State Department in Washington was reportedly expected to make either an official or unofficial announcement of the date of the bilateral talks late Monday or early Tuesday (local time) at the earliest.”

Cold War frontier gone in Germany, remains in Korea [Reuters]
“As a united Germany marks the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall on Monday, about 1 million soldiers face off across the Cold War’s last great divide — the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas.”

North Korean army cashes in on exports to China [SMH]
“North Korea’s military has grabbed nearly complete command of the state-run economy and staked out a lucrative trade in mineral sales to China to make money for its supreme commander, Kim Jong-il.”

 

China and Burma

China executes 9 suspects over July ethnic riots [AP]
“The official China News Service reported that the nine were executed after a final review of the verdicts by the Supreme People’s Court as required by law, but gave no specific date or other details. Earlier reports had identified those condemned as eight Uighurs and one Han.”

Obama to Meet With Prime Minister of Myanmar [NYT]
President Obama plans to meet with the prime minister of Myanmar along with other Southeast Asian leaders next Sunday, in a high-level affirmation of the new policy by Washington of engaging the military-ruled country despite its dismal human rights record.”

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi optimistic after U.S. visit [Reuters]
“Myanmar’s detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, expressed hope on Monday that U.S. engagement with the county’s military rulers could spur democratic reforms, her lawyer said.”

 

AfPak/India

Karzai says he’s addressing corruption [Reuters]
“”We also mean corruption of a different kind which is a lot more serious, which is new to Afghanistan, which is with the arrival of a lot of money to Afghanistan,” Karzai said in an interview with the PBS program “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”

Afghan Foreign Ministry: UN envoy acts beyond his authority [Quqnoos]
“Afghan Ministry of Foreign affairs said UN special envoy in Afghanistan was acting beyond his authority by instructing Karzai to exclude warlords and bring reforms.”

India limits media on contentious Dalai Lama trip [AP]
“India refused to allow foreign journalists to travel to Tawang to cover the trip and tried to keep local reporters away from the Dalai Lama on Sunday.”

 

Middle East

Netanyahu’s Washington trip clouded by Abbas threat [WP]
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Washington on Sunday with the U.S. Middle East peace drive in crisis over a threat by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to stand down.”

With Iran in mind Israeli president begins historic visit to Argentina and Brazil [MercoPress]
“Israeli President Shimon Peres begins Monday a “historic visit” to Brazil and Argentina, the first in decades to both countries for an Israeli head of state, and one of the main issues of the agenda will be the so-called “Iranian infiltration” in Latinamerica.”

Iraq election commission proposes vote on Jan. 21 [AP]
“Al-Haidari said the commission has also determined there will be 323 seats in the next parliament, up from current 275.”

 

Africa

President Al-Bashir Postpones his Visit to Turkey [Suna]
“He told the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, that the ongoing dialogue between the two partners -the National Congress and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – necessitates the postponement of his visit to Turkey in order to boost the consultations and contacts for reaching solutions for the pending issues.”

Al-Bashir cancels Turkey OIC trip [Al Jazeera]
“The president of Sudan has cancelled a visit to Turkey amid an EU push to arrest him for war crimes charges.”

 

Europe

An Overview of 20 Years After the Fall of the Berline Wall [Deutsche Welle]

Blair’s last throw of the dice for presidency [Times UK]
“Tony Blair has made a belated effort to revive his attempt to be president of Europe with a flurry of personal telephone calls to continental leaders, The Times has learnt.”

 

Americas

Chavez to troops: Prepare for war with Colombia [AP]
“President Hugo Chavez on Sunday ordered Venezuela’s military to prepare for a possible armed conflict with Colombia, saying his country’s soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between the South American neighbors.”

Democratic consultant says he got a warning from White House after appearing on Fox News [LA Times]
“White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said that she had checked with colleagues who “deal with TV issues” and that they had not told people to avoid Fox. On the contrary, they had urged people to appear on the network.”

Who is Cao? [TIME Swampland]
“Joe Cao (pronounced Gow) is the name on most people’s lips Inside the Beltway this morning. So, how did this freshman Republican escape GOP Whip Eric Cantor’s hammer to vote with Democrats for health care reform, ruining Cantor’s goal of unified opposition?”